Have you ever loved a restaurant dish so much that you tried recreating it at home? That’s what’s happening here! The Foundation restaurant (which is sadly no longer open) used to serve an amazing comfort-food dish called The Upper East side, made with rice, black beans and mango. It was a unique and wonderful combination.
I wouldn’t say this recipe below is a dead ringer for The Foundation’s version, but it definitely satisfied my craving. I couldn’t remember what exactly The Foundation chefs would use as a garnish on top of the mango — it was tomato something. Maybe a salsa or a chutney? I’ve gone with a chutney. You can make your own ahead of time (try a recipe online) or buy something from the store…or keep things simple and skip this step. Also, I don’t think the rice in their dish was made with coconut milk (but it’s so delicious…you need to try!).
When I made this dish in stories, I used garlic and onion powder — of course, you can do the same! However, below, I’ve suggested using fresh onion and garlic because I think these ingredients would improve the dish. Either will work.
I also love how inexpensive this dish is to make, even more so if you can find mangos on sale! Plant-based cooking does not have to be expensive. So many staples, like rice and beans, are on the affordable side. Hope you love this dish as much as I do!
Serves two (if you have big appetites like we do!)
WOW! This was one of those meals where you know there won’t be any leftovers. I’m having a tough time putting into words how great this dinner was so please just take my advice and make it!
I like this even better with just plan mango on top! Wonderful recipe – is now in regular rotation 🙂
When do you add the beans? While sauteing onions or when you add veggie broth?
This looks very tasty….have not yet made it but could the black bean mixture be made a day ahead and reheated….?
Prepped this for lunches this week and the flavours are outstanding! Agreed with the other commenter about less salt, I only added 1 heaping tsp of veg stock bouillon and will omit the half tsp of salt next time. But the mangos in coconut milk is genius. I purchased mangoes but to my dismay they were all bad so I subbed frozen mango with great results. Rice turned out great in Instant Pot, 2 minutes at high pressure with natural release. Thanks for a great recipe Erin!